Wednesday, May 18, 2011
MCC-Longview automotive students offer their expertise in high school competition
MCC-Longview graduates and students hit the Kansas Speedway last week to offer their expertise. Although they weren't working under hood of some high-speed racecar, they were on hand to help judge and officiate the Ford/AAA Auto Skills state competition.
The contest was held at the Kansas Speedway in KCK and invited some of the top auto students from Kansas and Missouri to compete for a spot in the national competition held in Detroit.
Twenty identical Ford Mustangs with 12 identical problems were unveiled at the start of the competition. The goal was to see how quickly the high school students could find each problem and fix it.
MCC-Longview students stood over each
mechanic team to ensure they were following the rules and not harming the vehicle.
Automotive instructor David Patience said MCC-Longview has been participating in the Auto Skills competition for about 10 years and each year he is amazed as the level of skill and talent of the automotive students.
"It is always great to see the caliber of students coming out to this competition," he said.